2020 Python or What?

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  1. Huntolive

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    So if I'm actually considering spending close to 1800 on a new 2020 python
    But don't really want to spend that much,
    Even though the Colt mystique does have its talons in my brain especially as I was raised in Hartford Connecticut,
    What other revolver in more like the eight to 1200 dollar price range matches or exceeds it in both function and Gravitas?
    I'm thinking some type of original or near original model Smith & Wesson.
    But what are your thoughts on something that matches the sheer grandeur and awe of the Colt Python and matches or exceeds it in accuracy and reliability?
     
  2. Targa

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    There are a number of revolvers that meet and exceed its accuracy and reliability, it’s the grandeur part where it gets tricky.
     
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    I like the dan Wesson 715, if I was going to spend over $1000 on a 357 that's what i'd pick.
     
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  4. ColtPythonElite

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    For non-Colt and something you dont see everyday, I vote for a 686 Silhouette.
     
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    X2...DAN WESSON for sure for both function and grandeur... not to mention accuracy...my custom 715 is a incredible piece to shoot
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  6. Oldschool shooter

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    S&W Model 27. Find a nice used one or a new one from the Classic line. The $$ you save will buy alot of ammunition.
     
  7. Targa

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    That is a beautiful revolver!!!!!
     
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  8. v8stang289

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    My buddy bought a new 4.25" Python. It's nice, but doesn't do anything better than my 686-4 except cost nearly 3 times as much. And this may be an unpopular opinion, but Smith's are nicer looking than Python's

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  9. Electricmo

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    I’d find a original S&W model 27 in blue or nickel and not look back. Gunbroker will show you the going market.
     
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    A few year back I was jumping back and forth thinking about buying a python, just couldn't justify the nearly 3 grand price tag, ended up buying the above pictured DW 715 as a slightly used but rusted working gun...400.
    A little over a grand later I have what I was looking for...
    1, awesome looking gun
    2, awesome shooting gun
    3, DA pulls like butter
    4, SA will scare the $&!# out of you( slightly alot less than 2#) :what:(for professionals only, don't use at home)
    5, Its a Dan Wesson
    Moral of the story? Read above...
     
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  11. DR505

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    I too am tempted to get a new Python...they are just under $1500 here. I already have a 27, 28, and 686.
     
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  12. ColtPythonElite

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    I'd grab a new Python if they are available for under MSRP
     
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  13. v8stang289

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    That's not too bad. I'd be tempted at that price. Around here they're $2K
     
  14. Ru4real

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    You want the Colt and they’ve been making this one long enough now so the kinks are worked out. A less expensive 2020 Colt, Gunbroker

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    I wouldn't buy a King Cobra priced over MSRP
     
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    I think the Dan Wesson, 686, 27, and Python are all fine guns. Youll be happy with any of them, Ill wager.
     
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    Huntolive,

    Based on your glowing description of the
    Python, I suspect that if you don't buy one
    but something else you'll continue to pine
    for the big snake.

    So get one.

    As a long-time double action shooter, my
    preference would be a S&W K or L
    frame .357. (I have owned a number of
    Pythons and shot them extensively.) The
    L frame is dimensionally the same as the
    Python.

    But I still say, get the Python as nothing
    else will satisfy your wishes at this time.
    There's more to owning a revolver than
    just a preference for DA shooting.

    For a perspective on DA shooting the
    new Python, check out "Shooting the
    New Python with Ken Hackathorn" on
    You Tube.
     
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  18. PWGUNNY

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    A fellow just sold a nearly new 2020 Colt Python 6" for $1450 on another forum. If I had seen the post an hour earlier, I would have bought it. I want one, but not for over $1500.
     
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    I wanted one but I refuse to pay msrp or over. I just picked up a 4inch 686 for way less than msrp. Damn fine weapon with a great single action and double action pull. 6 inch is next when I find one at the right price.
     
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    Model 27 model 586 model 19 model 66

    come to mind if I were to buy a .357 magnum a used one at that not the classic line that Smith is touting now
     
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    Here's my take on it. You get a Python because you want a Python. If that's what you want, nothing else will scratch that itch. I know. I "settled" for something "just as good" for about forty years before finally buying a couple of 2020 Pythons.

    Are they any better? I doubt it. A Smith and Wesson, a Ruger, even a Taurus will put holes in paper just as well (at least in my hands) but they're Pythons. And that's what I wanted.

    Oh...I forgot. What else would I buy in place of a Python. A Smith and Wesson Model 19-9 (one of the "new" Model 19's). I've got one of those too, and I think it might be the best Model 19 I've owned. Fantastic revolver, right out of the box.
     
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    If I was going to get something else in a DA revolver in that price range, it'd probably be an older S&W. I've always wanted a 1950 Target .44Spl. Though a few contemporaries qualify. Such as the 29 Classic or DX (full lug).
     
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  23. PapaG

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    686 or 27, first with six inch, other with five inch.
     
  24. Targa

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    Just was at the LGS, there sat a pretty new Python on consignment with 50 rounds through it for $1399.00. The guy apparently couldn’t stand the cylinder release and just wanted to get rid of it. If I hadn’t just won the bid on a Ruger Redhawk the same morning I would have grabbed it.
     
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  25. Blue Brick

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    Take a look at a Royal Phoenix.
     
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